SD backs down – can agree to a higher retirement age

— I have received positive information that it is possible to find solutions if there is a political will, without violating the principles (for the pension agreement redacted note), says Oscar Sjöstedt, economic policy spokesperson for SD after talks with the government.

Among other things, SD has been very critical of the principle that the age for retirement should be governed by what is called the standard age, a value that should gradually follow the average life expectancy upwards in the ages.

The target age governs, for example, when it is possible to receive a guarantee pension at the earliest and when one can retire at the earliest.

Standing outside

Today, SD stands outside the group of five parties in the Riksdag that agreed on the new pension system in the 1990s, but now wants to step in. Oscar Sjöstedt says that the party accepts the agreement and the principles it is based on. That does not prevent the party from wanting to see changes, but that fight can be waged within the pension group, according to the party.

The group includes the Social Democrats, the Moderates, the Center Party, the Liberals and the Christian Democrats. During its time in government, between 2014 and 2021, the Green Party had a seat and sat and listened. MP has a standing entry application.

The Left Party has always stood outside and, like SD, has been very critical of the pension group. SD was not in the Riksdag when the agreement was concluded

Had conversation

This week, the five founding parties had a meeting about the forms of the work going forward and whether the group should be expanded. Since the election, Minister for the Elderly and Social Insurance Anna Tenje (M) has had talks with the parties outside the group and wants to invite everyone who supports the agreement and its principles and who wants to nurture the system.

“The pension group has not functioned very well in recent years, there have been short-term populist outbursts and the pension issues have been used as a bat in the election debate,” says Anna Tenje.

She hopes for answers and decisions about the group’s composition before the summer. It applies both that those who are included continue to agree on the basics and if more are to become members.

“It is extremely important that more parties take responsibility, that more people stand behind and are willing to nurture, protect and develop the pension system we have,” says Tenje.

Minister for the Elderly and Social Insurance Anna Tenje (M) wants to include more parties in the pension group with parties that control the pension system.  Archive image.
Minister for the Elderly and Social Insurance Anna Tenje (M) wants to include more parties in the pension group with parties that control the pension system. Archive image.

S skeptical

The Social Democrats are not convinced that it is best to include more parties in the group.

“We don’t think it will necessarily be easier to come to an agreement if more people come in, especially not parties that previously had quite large objections to initiatives we have taken,” says Teresa Carvalho, who represents S in the group.

“But the most important thing for us is that we move on and complete the agreement from 2017 and keep the focus on increased pensions,” she says.

She refers in particular to the issue of an increase in the contribution to the system that employers pay, which according to S should be higher than it is if the agreement is to be followed.

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